Chapter 15. Marina Green
A view of a windsurfer taken just before sunset on a clear summer evening. Taken at ISO 400, f/8, 1/1600 second with a 400mm lens.
Why It's Worth a Photograph
The Marina Green in San Francisco, California, is a 74-acre expanse of grass between Fort Mason and the Presidio. It is adjacent to San Francisco Bay, and this location provides incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel Island, Alcatraz Island, and parts of Marin County. Prior to the 1906 earthquake, this area was a tidal marsh. After the earthquake, much of the resulting rubble was dumped here. Later, to provide land for the 1915 Panama-Pacific International Exposition, this site and the adjacent neighborhood (now the present day Marina District) was filled in. The Marina Green is one of the most popular areas in the city for people who like to spend time outdoors. On any given day, you can witness activities including jogging, biking, sailing, windsurfing, kite boarding, and informal games of football and soccer. The locals come out in numbers as do the tourists. All this activity makes for inspiring images.
Where Can I Get the Best Shot?
The best shots can be had at the west end of the green where the Saint Francis Yacht Club resides (see A on the map).
The best location from which to photograph ...